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Fireman running from L.A. to Yarnell in remembrance of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

Fireman Joe starting his run. (Source: 3TV/CBS5) Fireman Joe starting his run. (Source: 3TV/CBS5)
19 Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. (Source: 3TV/CBS5) 19 Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. (Source: 3TV/CBS5)
Fireman Joe's run will be about 360-miles. 19 Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. (Source: 3TV/CBS5) Fireman Joe's run will be about 360-miles. 19 Hotshots who died in the Yarnell Hill Fire. (Source: 3TV/CBS5)
YARNELL, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Joe Zambrano is a firefighter in the Los Angeles area embarking on an approximate 360-mile run from Los Angeles County Fire Museum to Granite Mountain Hotshot Memorial State Park in Yarnell, Arizona. He is running to honor the 19 hotshots who lost their lives five years ago on Saturday, fighting in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

[RELATED STORY: Arizona remembers deadly Yarnell Hill Fire as Goodwin Fire burns]

"I'll be running for about 360-something miles. And that is to honor those guys and to remember those guys," said Zambrano, who goes by Fireman Joe.

Zambrano began his trek Saturday, June 23 and will arrive in Yarnell a week later, on June 30. He will be running in full turnout gear in the summer heat, averaging around 50 miles a day.

[SLIDESHOW: Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots]

However, running is nothing new to Zambrano. He has run 82 marathons and multiple 100-mile races. This journey will be like running two marathons a day for a week.

Fireman Joe is running to honor Kevin Woyjeck, who died risking his life fighting in the Yarnell Hill Fire along with the 18 other hotshots who lost their lives.

[MORE: Granite Mountain hotshots remembered at Hall of Flame in Phoenix ]

"I promise (sic) Kevin's father and mother, Joe and Ana, that I will carry his son's legacy and his crew. They were sons they were brothers they were fathers they were friends. And I just want to remember them and want to keep their legacy alive."

Zambrano is asking for all donations to be made to the Kevin Woyjeck Explorers for Life Association which can be found on the Facebook page “Running to Remember."

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